Amber Heard

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Amber Heard
Amber Heard 2011.jpg
Heard in November 2011 in Paris at a premiere of The Rum Diary.
BornAmber Laura Heard
(1986-04-22) April 22, 1986 (age 27)
Austin, Texas, United States
OccupationActress, model
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Tasya van Ree (2008–2011)
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Amber Heard
Amber Heard 2011.jpg
Heard in November 2011 in Paris at a premiere of The Rum Diary.
BornAmber Laura Heard
(1986-04-22) April 22, 1986 (age 27)
Austin, Texas, United States
OccupationActress, model
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Tasya van Ree (2008–2011)

Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986) is an American actress and model. She played the lead and title character in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Heard's first starring role came in 2007 on the CW television show Hidden Palms. Her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. In 2009, Heard starred in The Stepfather and also had a small role in the horror-comedy Zombieland. She next starred in The Joneses and And Soon the Darkness (both 2010), John Carpenter's The Ward, alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry, and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary.

Early life[edit]

Heard was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her father, David, is a contractor, and her mother, Paige (née Parsons), is an internet researcher for the state. She attended St. Michael's Catholic Academy in Austin until her junior year, when she left to pursue a career in Hollywood. As a teenager, Heard was active in her school's drama department and appeared in local commercials and campaigns. At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist after being introduced to the works of Ayn Rand by her then-boyfriend.[1] She has said of Rand, "I've read all of her books. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with her ideals. All I've ever needed is myself."[1] Dropping out of school at the age of 17, she went to New York to start a career in modeling, then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.


Once in Los Angeles, Heard made appearances in various TV shows and two music videos, Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life" and Eisley's "I Wasn't Prepared". She was cast as Liz in the pilot episode of The WB's Jack & Bobby (2004), as Riley in an episode of The Mountain (2004) and she had a brief cameo as a salesgirl in The O.C. (2005). Her first movie role was Maria in Friday Night Lights (2004). She next starred as Shay in Side FX (2005), an independent horror film, and had supporting roles in Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Price to Pay (2006) and You Are Here (2006). Heard had more prominent parts in Niki Caro's North Country (2005) and in Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog (2006). In 2006, she starred in an episode of Criminal Minds as Lila Archer, a love interest of main character Spencer Reid.

Heard was next cast in the CW Network's Hidden Palms. On the show she portrayed Greta Matthews, who suffered the losses of both her mother and boyfriend, Eddie, and befriends Johnny, the anti-hero of the show. In order to get the part, Heard was asked to lose weight. It took her four months between the pilot and the second episode to lose 25 pounds, giving up alcohol, increasing her workouts and following a macrobiotic diet (no meat, dairy or processed sugar).[1] Hidden Palms premiered in the US on May 30, 2007. Ultimately, The CW wrapped the summer series early; instead of the initial 12 episode arc, only eight were aired. The show ended on July 4, two weeks earlier than originally planned.

She was next cast in the title role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The horror film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006, immediately generating buzz and landing a deal with Harvey Weinstein. However, nearly a year after its Toronto début, the movie had not reached theaters. In July 2007, Mandy Lane found a new distribution home and the film finally was released in 2008 with a February UK release and DVD release in June.

In 2007, Heard also appeared in the short movie Day 73 with Sarah and Jess Manafort's indie drama Remember the Daze (aka The Beautiful Ordinary), which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and opened in limited release in April 2008. She then appeared in the Judd Apatow-produced, Rogen and Goldberg-written comedy Pineapple Express and the martial arts drama Never Back Down, released in 2008, back-to-back. The latter opened in March and Heard played the role of the free-spirited Baja Miller who falls for Sean Faris' Jake Tyler.

Heard also made a brief appearance in Showtime's Californication and joined the ensemble cast of The Informers, based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same title, set to be released in 2009. She also filmed the horror film The Stepfather and the comedy film Ex-Terminators back-to-back in 2008 while promoting Never Back Down, Mandy Lane and Remember the Daze.[2]

In late 2008, she filmed The River Why and The Joneses; two independent features. At the beginning of 2009, The Informers made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The reviews were mostly negative. Heard next appeared in Zombieland, playing a small role as the object of Jesse Eisenberg’s affection who turns into a zombie. She will subsequently appear in John Carpenter's The Ward. In March, Heard began filming The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp, in Puerto Rico. Heard was reported to have won the role out over Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley. In 2010, she starred in and produced And Soon the Darkness, co-starring Odette Yustman and Karl Urban.[3]

In the October 2009 issue of Teen Vogue, Amber described her role as Johnny Depp's love interest in the film, The Rum Diary, as "the best experience of my life."[4] In February 2010, Heard was cast in Drive Angry, a 3-D action thriller directed by Patrick Lussier and released in February 2011.[5] In February 2011, she appeared on Top Gear in the UK. She talked about her love of guns and muscle cars, and revealed that she used to line-dance in Texas bars.[6]

She co-stars in the 2013 films Machete Kills and Paranoia. In August 2012, Heard was in talks to replace Kristen Stewart, who abruptly dropped out in Nick Cassavetes' upcoming thriller Cali. Heard will play Mya, who goes along with her lover, played by Alex Pettyfer, in filming a fake snuff film. They make a lot of money and escape Los Angeles only to return a year later to try and rescue Mya’s sister from a group of suspected thugs.

Heard is also starring in London Fields—costarring Jim Sturgess, Cara Delevingne, and Theo James—a film directed by newcomer Matthew Cullen. London Fields, in which Johnny Depp appears in a cameo role, is scheduled for release in 2014.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Heard came out in 2010, at GLAAD's 25th anniversary event.[8] She dated photographer Tasya van Ree[9][10][11][12] from 2008 until 2011. She has said about her sexuality: "I don't label myself one way or another—I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it's the person that matters."[13] Heard has been dating actor Johnny Depp since April 2012 after the pair met on the set of the film The Rum Diary.

Heard grew up around guns, and owns a .357 Magnum.[14] A fan of muscle cars, she drives a 1968 Ford Mustang.[15]


Heard in 2010
2004Friday Night LightsMaria
2005Side FXShay
2005Drop Dead SexyCandy
2005North CountryYoung Josey Aimes
2006Price to PayTrish
2006Prince, TheThe PrinceSerena
2006Alpha DogAlma
2006All the Boys Love Mandy LaneMandy Lane
2007Day 73 with SarahMary
2007Remember the DazeJulia
2008Never Back DownBaja Miller
2008Pineapple ExpressAngie Anderson
2008Informers, TheThe InformersChristie
2009Joneses, TheThe JonesesJenn Jones
2009Stepfather, TheThe StepfatherKelly Porter
2010And Soon the DarknessStephaniealso co-producer
2010River Why, TheThe River WhyEddy
2010Ward, TheThe WardKristen
2011Drive AngryPiper
2011Rum Diary, TheThe Rum DiaryChenault
2013ParanoiaEmma Jennings
2013Machete KillsMiss San Antonio
20143 Days to KillAgent Vivipost-production
2014London FieldsNicola Sixfilming


2004Jack & BobbyLiz1×01 – "Pilot"
2004Mountain, TheThe MountainRiley1×08 – "A Piece of the Rock"
2005O.C., TheThe O.C.Salesgirl2×15 – "Mallpisode"
2006Criminal MindsLila Archer1×18 – "Somebody's Watching"
2007CalifornicationAmber1×08 – "California Son"
2007Hidden PalmsGreta Matthews8 episodes
2011Top GearHerself16×05
2011Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy ClubBunny Maureen7 episodes (4 unaired)[16][17] Source confirmed to be Laura Benanti by her official website[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workEventAwardResult
2008HerselfYoung Hollywood AwardsBreakthrough Performance AwardWon
2009ZombielandDetroit Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleNominated
2010HerselfMTV Movie AwardsBest Scared-As-S**t PerformanceNominated
2010HerselfDallas International Film FestivalDallas Star AwardWon
2011The Rum DiaryHollywood Film FestivalSpotlight AwardWon

Magazine rankings[edit]

YearCountdown NameRank
2008FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2008#90
Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008#21
2009FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009#31
Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2009#56
2010FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010#25
Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2010#13
2011FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011#34
2012Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2012#53


  1. ^ a b c William Keck (2007-05-30). "Amber Heard will be heard". USA Today. 
  2. ^ "A Hilarious Brief Chat with Amber Heard, Star of 'Stepfather' & 'Zombieland'". Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ Amber Heard: In STEP With the Horror Genre
  4. ^ Nussbaum, Danielle. "Young Hollywood 2009". Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  5. ^ "William Fichtner and Amber Heard Ready to Drive Angry?". 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Amber Heard". Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Josh Grossberg (7 November 2013). "Johnny Depp Making Cameo in Amber Heard’s Movie London Fields". Move That Matters. Move That Matters. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (2010-12-06). "Amber Heard Gay: Actress Comes Out As Lesbian". Huffington Post. 
  9. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard talks about being coming out in Hollywood". 
  10. ^ Lee, Joyce (2010-12-06). "Amber Heard, "Pineapple Express" Actress, Comes Out as Lesbian". CBS News. 
  11. ^ Belloni, Matthew. "Sexy Actress Amber Heard Wants to Be Seen As a Serious Actress.: Women". Details. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  12. ^ "Autostraddle — Amber Heard is Gay: Everything You Need to Know About the Openly Lesbian Actress". Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  13. ^ "Amber Heard: I've dated men and now I'm in a relationship with a woman". 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  14. ^ Elaine Lipworth (2010-04-17). "Amber Heard: 'My baby is a .357 magnum'". London: Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  15. ^ Stuart O'Connor (2011-02-25). "Drive Angry stars get revved up about the joys and perils of old technology". London: Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  16. ^ Hodge, Chad T. (2011-10-10). "7 episodes including the pilot". Twitter.  Source confirmed to be Chad Hodge by NBC's official Twitter.
  17. ^ Benanti, Laura (2011-10-10). "Only 7. There are 2 endings. One of which is more final.". Twitter. 
  18. ^ "Laura Benanti". Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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